The Secret of the Rosary - Twenty-third Rose

Twenty-third Rose - A Memorial

JESUS CHRIST, the Divine Spouse of our souls and our very
dear Friend wishes us to remember His goodness to us and
all His gifts and wants us to prize them above all else.
Whenever we meditate devoutly and lovingly upon the
sacred mysteries of the Rosary, Our Lord has an accidental
joy and so has Our Lady and all the Saints in Heaven.
These mysteries are the most signal results of Our Lord's
love for us and the greatest presents that He could possibly
give us, because it is by virtue of such presents that the
Blessed Virgin Herself and all the Saints are in their glory in
One day Blessed Angela of Foligno begged Our Lord to let
her know by which religious exercise she could honor Him
best. He appeared to her nailed to His Cross and said: "My
daughter, look at My wounds." She then realized that
nothing pleases Our dear Lord more than meditation upon
His sufferings. Then He showed her the wounds on His
head and revealed still other sufferings to her and said: "I
have suffered all this for your salvation. What can you ever
do to return My love for you?"
The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass gives boundless honor to the
Most Blessed Trinity because it represents the passion of
Jesus Christ and because through the Mass we offer God the
merits of Our Lord's obedience, of His sufferings and of His
Precious Blood. The whole of the heavenly court also
receives an accidental joy from the Mass. Several doctors of
the Church----together with Saint Thomas Aquinas----tell us
that, for the same reason, all the blessed in Heaven rejoice in
the Communion of the faithful because the Blessed
Sacrament is a memorial of the passion and death of Jesus
Christ, and that by means of it men share in its fruits and
work out their salvation.
Now, the Holy Rosary, recited together with meditation on
the sacred mysteries is a sacrifice of praise to God to thank
Him for the great grace of our redemption. It is also a holy
reminder of the sufferings, death and glory of Jesus Christ. It
is therefore true that the Rosary gives glory, gives an
accidental joy to Our Lord, to Our Lady and to all the
blessed because they cannot desire anything greater or more
contributive to our eternal happiness than to see us engaged
in a practice which is so glorious for Our Lord and so
salutary for ourselves.
The Gospel teaches us that a sinner who is converted and
who does penance gives joy to all the Angels. If the
repentance and conversion of one sinner is enough to make
the Angels rejoice, how great must be the happiness and
jubilation of the whole heavenly court and what glory for
Our Blessed Lord Himself to see us here on earth meditating
devoutly and lovingly on His humiliations and torments and
on His cruel and ignominious death! Could anything
possibly touch our hearts more surely than this and be more
calculated to inspire us to true and sincere repentance?
A Christian who does not meditate on the mysteries of the
Rosary is very ungrateful to Our Lord and shows how little
he cares for all that our Divine Savior has suffered to save
the world. This attitude seems to show that he knows little
or nothing of the life of Jesus Christ, and that he has never
taken the trouble to find out about Him----what He did and
what He went through in order to save us.
A Christian of this kind ought to fear that having never
known Jesus Christ or having put Him out of his mind and
heart, He will disown him at the Day of Judgment and will
say reproachfully: "Amen I say to you, I know you not."
(Matt. 25:12)
Let us, then, meditate on the life and sufferings of Our Lord
by means of the Holy Rosary; let us learn to know Him well
and to be grateful for all His blessings so that, at the Day of
Judgment, He may number us among His children and His

The Canada54 National Novena includes a daily reading from the Secret of the Rosary.

There are exactly 54 readings. 
  • A white rose for priests;
  • A red rose for sinners;
  • A mystical rose tree for devout souls;
  • A rosebud for little children;
  • Plus 50 roses representing each Hail Mary recited during 5 decades of the Rosary  - Le Secret du Rosaire - ICI

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